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Lawsuit Highlights Awful State of Music in Today's Porn

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A lawsuit filed by record labels against porn site operator RK Netmedia for its use of copyrighted songs in some of its movies illustrates just how far the music industry has fallen. From the lawsuit:
In no uncertain terms, Defendants' are engaged in copyright infringement of the most blatant and offensive kind. Defendants own and operate a network of subscription-based Internet websites that make millions of dollars from performing and distributing to their members (who pay a monthly fee to watch and download these videos) an ever-growing library of explicit pornographic videos. Defendants also license their videos to satellite television broadcasters such as Dish Network (DISH) and DirecTV (DTV), which in turn broadcast them to millions of subscribers.
What the hell happened? Remember when the music and porn industries used to work together, hand-in-hand? Consider the intro to the 1983 classic, Sweet Alice.

Probably safe for work. It's from YouTube, after all.

Hey, it's just like Midnight Cowboy! Except all the characters have sex with one another and no one dies on a bus, although in fairness, that possibility is implied throughout. But man, that's a great song, right?

And then there's this, from the 70s era classic, Amanda by Night.

I don't know how sexy it is, but something about this song makes me want to drive real fast into the middle of a Hollywood Boulevard intersection, slam on the brakes, jump out the window and roll across the hood. But not naked. I'd at least be wearing a turtleneck.

But those were the days, right? The music and porn industry coming together to create something unique. Think about it.  When you heard that music playing from behind a closed door, there was absolutely no chance you were barging in unannounced. No, you're knocking on that door first, 'cause... hey, porn music!

Fast forward to today and who knows? Artists named in the suit whose work is alleged to have been used without permission by RK Netmedia include Madonna, Flo Rida, Gnarls Barkley, Sean Paul, and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
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